Piedmont Wine


The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Alps and the Appenine Mountains. These help to moderate the hot and dry summers, with cool, foggy springs and autumns, and frigid winters. There are a whopping 52 DOC/DOCGs zones, with the most famous being Asti (for both Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante), the two Barbera districts, Barbaresco, the six Dolcetto districts, the Freisas, the Grignolinos, Langhe, Monferato and of course, Barolo Chinato. Tradition is the region’s most valued currency, and no other region in Italy, perhaps the world, holds as much importance to tradition in respect to sense of place, methods of viticulture and loyalty to craftsmanship as the Piedmontese. In Piedmont there are no IGT’s (a non-specific regional label with loose standards for ingredients and methods).
Piedmont has undergone many landlords. It was first settled by the Celtics, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the marauding Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Batasiolo

    Almost a crypt, where the ancient alchemy of transforming must into fine wines is celebrated. Th...

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

    When an activity like wine making – poetical and practical at the same time – is passed down from...

  • Dessilani

    Respect for the territory and for the grapes, the elegance of the wine, the pleasant feeling when...

  • Vietti

    Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithogr...

  • Bel Colle

    "BEL COLLE", or rather a modern wine producing company and a wine of quality. The company was est...

  • Carlo Giacosa

    Since in Barbaresco the vine was not the Mistress of the hills, Donato Giacosa, the father of ...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1971


    Mute on the nose with subtle notes of dried raspberry, sheepskin, dusty, stony soil and beefy, saddle leather tones. This gained slowly but surely throughout the evening and was improved by the end of the night but was sadly finished. On the palate this was elegant and velvety with lovely balance that lent the mouthfeel a broad, yet shallow feel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Rionda 1979


    There is quite a story behind this wine. Bruno Giacosa had been in the habit of buying this lot but in 1979, most likely to make up for the tiny harvest the year before, Aldo Canale significantly raised his asking price. Bruno Giacosa balked at paying more for a lesser vintage and passed on the lot. Mauro found out and quickly agreed to the tar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1979


    This is remarkably fresh on the nose with a huge note of freshly picked strawberries, dirt, leaves and all. There is a slightly coffee edge here and nice notes of poppy seed with a touch of mint and camphor adding complexity. In the mouth this retain superb balance and freshness in a bright vein with subtly sweet cherry fruit and minor tannins t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1981


    A dark and youthful appearance was gratifying to see and Mauro explained that this vintage produced wines with deep colors but the weather was such that the tannins never fully ripened. The grapes achieved ripeness very late in the season due more to the photosynthesis of the light as opposed to the heat of the sun that would have also ripened t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1982


    Young and tarry on the nose. Mauro had asked me when I decanted the wines. When I replied that it had been about 2 hours he told me next time I should consider 5 or 8 hours and in his experience 12-18 hours in a cool cellar is really the ideal time to allow these wines to fully open up! This opened slowly but most likely would have benefited fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Villero 2003


    This has an intense perfume of smoldering cigar, cigar ash, cherries in alcohol, prune and burnt orange rind. In the mouth there is a lot of weight here with rich fruit flavors and none of the bitter tannins many of these 2003's are showing. Bright and juicy with a lush, round feel and a backend built on extract and ripe tannins. this may lack t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo Sarmassa 1994


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    Wine review by whiterabbit

  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo Sarmassa 1996


    needs at least 2 hours to open up. Read More

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  • Elvio Cogno Barolo 2003


    Some truly wonderful twists and turns on the finish. Deceiving on the color with some lighter shades but some real heft and ballsy mouth feel. Made the meal at Convivio (NYC) that much sweeter. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf

  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo Ornato 1998


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    Wine review by Stilltannic

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